Musical Brings Dr. Seuss to Life in Gardner
Posted on Jul. 13th, 2012
At a recent rehearsal of the Gardner Community Theatre's production of Seussical, Laura Fotovich (playing JoJo) interacts with the Cat in the Hat, played by Michael Fiebelkorn. Both Fotovich and Fiebelkorn are from Gardner.
Talent from across the metro area will be on display in the Gardner Community Theatre’s upcoming production of "Seussical," the popular musical based on the books of Dr. Seuss.
Actors from Gardner and as far away as Overland Park and Kansas City, Mo., star in the show, which runs Friday through Sunday, July 13-15 and July 20-22, at Wheatridge Middle School. The Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m., and the Sunday shows are at 3 p.m. There also will be special matinee performances for daycares and preschools on July 20 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wheatridge Middle School is located at 318 E. Washington St. in Gardner.
Tickets are $10 for the evening and Sunday performances and $5 for the July 20 matinees.
They can be purchased in advance at
or at the door if seats are still available.
Director Annette Cook of Overland Park said the cast of 60 is as good as the Gardner Community Theatre has seen since it was founded in 2006. Over the years, the group has attracted a loyal fan base of Gardner residents, but its reach extends far beyond the borders of this southwest Johnson County city.
“Being a ‘community’ does not mean just your hometown,” Cook says. “Community here is a group enthusiastic about joining together in an exciting theatrical experience, young and old alike!”
The Gardner Community Theatre is family oriented and multigenerational; the casts of its productions often include parent/child pairs as well as sibling groups.
“We consider ourselves a theatre family,” Cook says. “It is always fun to work on a project like this as a family. We look forward every year to meeting new people and entertaining our audiences.”
In addition to providing family friendly entertainment, the Gardner Community Theatre has a scholarship fund for students who have been involved with the group’s shows. GCT raises money for this fund through a “marketplace” held in conjunction with its annual summer musical.
This year, the Fantastical Seussical Marketplace will feature "Seussical" souvenirs (including a collector’s Christmas ornament designed specifically for the Gardner show), concessions, kids’ games (with prizes) and a raffle for baskets full of gift cards, merchandise and show-themed items. The Marketplace begins an hour before each performance. It also will be open during intermission and after each show.
For more information about "Seussical," visit www.gardnercommunitytheatre.org.